- Delhi government has announced that it will be installing solar power capacity of 1 GW by 2019
- All the three discoms, BYPL, BRPL and Tata Power-DDL, have agreed in principle to opt for clean energy
- All these solar power plants will be located elsewhere in the country, Delhi will only buy power from these plants
- Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) supposed to be issuing tenders over the next 3 months as the nodal agency of the project
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India’s capital Delhi will be looking to adding over 1 GW of solar power capacity to its power portfolio by 2019. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will be issuing tenders as the nodal agency of this project. Tenders will be issued over the next 3 months.
Interestingly, the solar panels will be installed elsewhere in the country. Delhi will only buy power generated by those solar plants. Delhi Metro has already adopted this idea and is scheduled to receive solar power from 750 MW Rewa solar power project located in Madhya Pradesh (see 750 MW ‘Ultra-Mega’ Solar Project In India).
Local media quoted Delhi’s Power Minister Satyendar Jain as saying that the three electricity distribution companies (discoms) operating in the city have agreed in principle to switch to green energy. The three discoms are BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL).
Tata Power-DDL recently signed a MoU with GIZ, the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, to collaborate on a grid connected rooftop PV.
“The whole process will take around 1 to 1.5 years by when the peak demand of 6,500 MW will also go up.Through this agreement, we are not only trying to meet the growing demand but also doing it in a eco-friendly manner,” said Jain.
The Delhi government is hoping for the cost of solar power generated to be below 3.00 INR ($0.046) per kWh, as against the current rate of 5.50 INR ($0.085) per kWh for conventional power.
The government is also contemplating providing subsidies to farmers for buying solar pumps for irrigation. Shops and small businesses using up to 5 kW of capacity will be treated as domestic category consumers. This project will help poor people, the minister stated.
Under the Delhi Solar Policy 2016, the city is aiming to have 1 GW of solar power installed by 2020 and 2 GW by 2025 (see Delhi Solar Policy). The latest development shows that the city is speeding up as it now plans to reach its 1 GW PV capacity target 1 year early, in 2019.